Devon

Let’s talk about adoption

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:20am

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as they prepare to mark National Adoption Week 2021 (18 – 24 October).

The annual event aims educate and inform people on the adoption process with a rounded, honest, and inclusive portrayal of...

Confused about booster jabs and flu vaccines? Here’s what you need to know

People in Devon are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter.

The COVID jab does not protect against flu so it is vital to have both vaccinations to reduce your chances of becoming unwell and needing hospital treatment. Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing extreme pressures in the run up to the very busy winter season.

Each winter, on average, 11,000 people in England die from flu and new government research suggests that adults in England are...

Charity events return with a bang in support of Devon Air Ambulance

With the cancellation and postponement of so many fundraising events since the start of the pandemic, it’s been a tough couple of years for charities.

Now Devon Air Ambulance is delighted to return to public events with a bang byreleasing tickets for Exeter Round Table’s 38th Fireworks Extravaganza; the charity’s first public scale event since 2018.

The fireworks display, which has been on-hold for a year, is a big support for Devon Air Ambulance’s lifesaving 365-day a year service, attracting visitors from the local area and beyond who are keen to enjoy the spectacle...

Children in Exeter to take part in UK Reads Story Box Project

Literacy charity UK Reads holds a special Story Box Project with Exeter Chiefs rugby star and children’s co-author of ‘Bounce Back Jack’, Jack Maunder.

On 20th October 2021, 15 children and their families will join Jack and the UK Reads literacy team at Sandy Park. The sessions will deliver fun and engaging literacy activities that aim to increase enjoyment and confidence of literacy and develop a regular reading routine at home.

UK Reads supports children and families most in need to improve literacy skills through fun interactive experiences. In response to reach...

FORCE Cancer Charity Shop front in Heavitree

Volunteers needed at FORCE charity shop

The FORCE Cancer Charity shop in Heavitree has launched a recruitment drive for new volunteers.

It’s a great chance to join the charity’s dedicated team and help raise funds to support local people affected by cancer.

FORCE has a variety of volunteering roles on offer at the shop - out front or behind the scenes - and you can be flexible with time you have available.

They are particularly keen to for new volunteers to operate the till. Experience is a bonus but not essential. We’ll give you all the training you need.

There is also a need for volunteer van...

New partnership between Places for People and ilke Homes to create 165 new homes at Exmouth Junction, Exeter

A new development of 165 homes is being proposed as Places for People and ilke Homes announce they have entered into their second site partnership to deliver new homes on vacant land at the former Exmouth Junction, Exeter.

ilke Homes and Places for People have submitted a planning application for new homes to Exeter City Council and are working together to set a new standard for development in the city and provide affordable homes in this prime location. The homes, which will be constructed largely using modern methods of construction, will provide much-needed affordable homes...

Your favourite view in Topsham could win you £200

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Wed, 10/13/2021 - 1:13pm

People in Topsham are being asked to share photographs of their favourite views for a competition.

McCarthy Stone, the leading manager and developer of retirement communities behind the forthcoming Pym Court Retirement Living Plus development in Topsham, is looking to capture some of the architecture and culture that can be found around every corner of the town, so it can be enjoyed by its new and prospective homeowners.

The competition aims to showcase photographs of scenery, wildlife and landscapes taken by amateur photographers and members of the community that...

It’s not too late to have your Covid-19 vaccine first or second dose

People in Devon are being reminded it’s not too late to get their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Having both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 and the potential long term effects. After the second dose your chances of developing Long Covid halve; according to a study by King’s College London . It also significantly reduces your chances of needing treatment in hospital and the severity of symptoms.

The success of the vaccine programme, delivered by local GPs and NHS organisations, is the main reason...

Mamas & Papas arrives in Exeter this week

The UK’s leading nursery brand, Mamas & Papas, is set to open a concession in NEXT at The Exebridge Centre later this week, bringing its range of travel systems, nursery furniture and children’s clothing to new and expectant parents in Exeter.

Mamas & Papas will celebrate the arrival of the 1,650 sq ft concession on Thursday 14th October by offering free goodie bags to the first 50 customers.

As well as offering a carefully curated range of products, the concession will provide in-store services such as personal shopping appointments, car seat consultations and...

Hobbycraft launch kids' half term craft workshops

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 10/11/2021 - 10:28pm

Hobbycraft has launched a series of Paint Your Own Ceramic workshops for kids of all ages and painting abilities.

The workshop will be led by one of Hobbycraft’s in-store craft experts, with all money going to its charity partner, Together for Short Lives. The charity helps every child and family living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition get the very best care and support they can, so they can make the most of every moment together.

The 30-minute workshops are available in Hobbycraft stores across the UK between Monday 11th October and Sunday 31st October...

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